M. Night Shyamalan’s new film promises a nail-biting plot.
In the trailer for the film, which debuted Thursday, Jonathan Groff plays a dad who travels to a remote cabin with his husband (Ben Aldridge) and young daughter (newcomer Kristen Koo). Once they arrive, however, the family is taken hostage and terrorized by four intruders who urge the family of three to “prevent the apocalypse.”
The film is an adaptation of the 2018 bestselling novel by Paul G. Tremblay The cabin at the end of the world.
The official synopsis from Universal Studios reads: “While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are held hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to prevent the apocalypse. Limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”
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In the trailer, the young lady is seen spending time outside the cabin when she is surprised by one of the intruders, who she plays Guardian of the GalaxyDave Bautista.
When asked by the girl what she’s doing there, she replies, “I guess I’m here to make friends with you and your dad, but my heart is broken.”
“Why is it broken?” she asks, and he replies, “Because of what I have to do today.”
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The next moment in the trailer, the family is helpless as they hear a knock at the door but have nowhere to run.
“There’s a woman carrying what looks like a chain handle and a hammer head,” says Aldrige’s character.
After some struggle, the family appears bonded as they begin to listen to the group.
“You see, the four of us have a very important job to do, in fact, it might be the most important job in the history of the world,” says Bautista with his army. The other invaders are played by Harry PotterRupert Grind, Old’s Nikki Amuka-Bird and Little womenby Abby Quinn.
Bautista’s character continues, “We were called and united by a shared vision that has now become an order we cannot ignore. The four of us are here to prevent the apocalypse. Your family has been chosen to make a horrible decision. If fail to choose, the world will end.”
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The film’s screenplay was written by Shyamalan in collaboration with Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman.
The film is directed by two-time Oscar winner and produced by Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Rajan. Executive producers are Steven Schneider, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Ashley Fox.
Shyamalan’s most recent works include the Apple series Servantstarring Grind and the suspenseful feature films Old, Glass and Division.
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Knock on the cabin will open in theaters on February 3, 2023.